Whip Cutting Sale

The Shenandoah Valley SWCD has two species of plant materials available for stream bank restoration projects this year.  Available species include: Bankers Dwarf Willow and Streamco Willow.  (Cuttings-Species Information Sheet)

**Please note: Red Osier Dogwood species will NOT be available for purchase this year as we work to grow our stock!**

What are Whips Used For?

Planting cuttings along an unvegetated stream bank is a great bio-engineering practice that can help stabilize an eroding stream bank.  It also helps promote a healthier terrestrial and aquatic habitat than traditional stream bank restoration measures.  For optimum survival, rooting and re-growth potential, the cuttings should be planted in early spring (early March to early April).

The  willow species will grow to between 10-15 feet tall. When it floods,  the cuttings  lie down allowing  the water to flow over-top, while their roots help anchor soil and protect the stream bank.  Cuttings are provided as long whips that are approximately 2-5 feet long.  You will need to prepare the cuttings for planting by cutting the whip (long piece) into smaller plantable stakes.  Note that one whip will yield approximately 3 plantable stakes. (Streambank Cuttings-How to Prepare and Plant Fact Sheet)

Purchasing Information

The costs will be $15.00/ bundle of 50 whips of Streamco Willow or Bankers Dwarf Willow (approximately 150 stakes). Whips are only available on a pre-order basis.

Cash, check, or credit card will be accepted! Online orders can be paid via credit card or customers can indicate check payment at pick-up. Checks should be made out to the Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District. Please include a note in the memo referencing cuttings or whips.

**Please note: Red Osier Dogwood species will NOT be available for purchase this year as we work to grow our stock!**

Place Your Order Here

For more information contact the District at (540) 534-3055.Order Deadline: 4:00 PM on February 18th, 2022.

Pick Up Information

NO SHIPPING AVAILABLE

Whips will be available for pick up from the Shenandoah Valley SWCD office at 1934 Deyerle Avenue, Suite B in Harrisonburg beginning February 24th, 2022. Our office hours are M-F 8AM-4:30PM.

You will need to bring a bucket, container or some type of bag to put your plant materials in. 

Note: The whips should be kept cool and damp until they are planted. For optimum survival, rooting and re-growth potential, the cuttings should be planted in early spring.